Florence High students Drew Rutland and Rachel Carter will will send a garment down the same runway as some of the biggest names in the fashion industry.
Birmingham Fashion Week organizers selected Rutland's and Carter's designs as two of the 30 finalists in the Rising Design Star competition. Also tapped to walk the runway are designs from Athens High student Sarah Foret and Athens Middle students Presley Pullum and Jamesa Fletcher.
The two semifinal Rising Design Star shows will take place Feb. 28 and March 1 with the top 16 designs showing March 2. The top student designer will receive a $500 scholarship for tuition, art supplies or to pursue their careers. The second- and third-place designers will receive $300 and $200 scholarships.
The designs of Pullum, Fletcher, Foret, Rutland and Carter will show on March 1.
Jeanna Lee Fleming and Heidi Elnora, co-founders of Birmingham Fashion Week, created the Rising Design Star competition to showcase the creations of student designers. They challenged students to use “unconventional” materials for the garments.
Of the more than 80 designs submitted by Alabama middle and high school students, 40 finalists appeared in the “Birmingham Fashion Week: Rising Design Star” exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
The third annual Birmingham Fashion Week kicks off Saturday with the finale on March 2. Along with the Rising Star event, Birmingham Fashion Week runway shows will feature designs by Elnora, Mandi Faulk, Laura Kathryn, Theadora, Iris Setlakwe, Annie Griffin, “Project Runway: All Stars” finalist Joshua McKinley and “Project Runway: All Stars” winner Anthony Ryan.